Afrofuturism: Blackness Revisualized

S1 E8 | FULL EPISODE

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In a technologically advanced future where mankind relies on spirits for guidance, Naji Bloom’s tribe is in crisis. When she learns the culprit behind the panic is close to home, Naji must decide whether she will save her people.

AIRED: October 29, 2021 | 0:15:14
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[ Birds chirping ]

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Naji: Our food stores deplete a little more each day.

Although we suspect the neighboring tribe

is at fault, none of us know for sure.

Neither does our leader, Abba Nuku.

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He is a middleman between this world and the next.

A seer.

A person who speaks to the spirits of our ancestors.

My people have faith in their abilities.

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I, however, do not.

Abba Nuku: Seers usually serve until death,

but the ancestors tell me that the fate of our tribe

is contingent on new leadership.

Two among us are carriers of a trait that could allow them

to communicate with the ancestors.

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Yemi Odun -- hunter, prop engineer,

and weaver of words.

And Naji Bloom --

mathematician, artist, and scholar of yesteryears.

Tomorrow, I will require their decisions, and if both accept,

they will be expected to provide a sacrifice

that reflects the extent of their faith.

The one with the purest offering will take my place.

-Bet's on Yemi Odun. -The Osmo people stand by...

Bloom is as skeptical of our faith as we...

Zaire: I think you'd be a great leader, Naj.

Oh? [ Laughs ] Yeah.

Mm-hmm.

Uh, a seer that doesn't believe in spirits or the intangible.

Come on, Zaire.

Besides, Yemi's the golden child.

He's the chosen one.

According to Abba Nuku, so are you, remember?

[ Scoffs ]

I was worried.

Worried about what?

That you'd accept.

We'd have to part ways, and...

I love this.

Us.

[ Chuckles ]

So do I.

[ Exhales ]

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[ Gasps ]

[ Gasps, whimpers ]

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Zaire: Where do you think you're going?

I don't want to do this anymore, Zaire.

I don't see the point.

Because you're not here to see shit.

That's Yemi's job.

And mine is to make sure the tribe is fed.

[ Sighs ] You said that once Abba Nuku was shaken enough

to step down, Yemi would be secure

and we would stop incriminating the Osmo.

You both are tampering with stability

that has taken centuries to build.

People will die.

Tomorrow, everything will be as it should be.

Trust me, Kiama, please.

[ Man clears throat ]

Keeping your females in order, I presume.

And we won't have a problem tomorrow, right?

No, sir. Naji intends to concede.

As it should be.

The tribe will look to me to take command.

And you know what that means, right?

War.

[ Naji gasps ]

Naji, what's wrong?

What happened?

Talk to me.

[ Sighs ]

You and...

Yemi...

were conspiring to get him into power by inciting a war.

[ Laughs ]

Sounds even crazier when I say it out loud, right?

Yeah.

Nerves, I'm sure.

Nerves.

You -- You aren't reconsidering, are you?

No.

One silly little dream isn't enough to sway me.

Besides, other than my dignity, what would I sacrifice?

[ Birds chirping ]

[ Chuckles ]

[ Exhales sharply ]

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[ Footsteps thudding ]

Abba: Have a seat, Naji.

[ Exhales softly ]

This is the contract of choice.

If you have a sacrifice, you can place it

on the podium next to Yemi's.

His rations for the month --

generous, given the shortages.

Be back shortly.

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[ Sighs ]

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[ Exhales deeply ]

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[ Naji crying ]

[ Heartbeat ]

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[ Glass clinks ]

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[ Birds chirping ]

[ Children giggling ]

[ Indistinct chatter, whispering ]

I knew it was me. Yemi wasn't an option.

He was my test.

To show the ancestors I believed,

I sacrificed my eyes for theirs.

Atari: But you're blind.

How can you be a seer if you can't see anything?

[ Laughter ]

Sight is nothing without vision, Atari.

I see in my own way.

But you can't see me sitting here.

[ Laughter ]

Yes, I can, in all the ways that matter.

I can see the great man you will become,

the future of our tribe,

and all of your souls lighting up the darkness.

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